How To Put Your Whole Brain to Work

The last time I was in Sarasota, Florida, I was on a business trip attending a conference at the Ritz Carlton; here's a view from my room's balcony. This time I'll be crashing at the home of one of the other presenters. An artist often has to travel on the cheap!

The last time I was in Sarasota, Florida, I was on a business trip attending a conference at the Ritz Carlton; here’s a view from my room’s balcony. This time I’ll be crashing at the home of one of the other presenters. An artist often has to travel on the cheap!

That’s the mission of the creativity workshop I’m conducting on Saturday, March 21st, at the Florida Creativity Weekend in Sarasota, Florida. “Putting Your Whole Brain to Work” will be an 90-minute interactive session with games, storytelling, and of course a whiteboard. Here’s the teaser on the conference’s website:

Does your creative process involve your right and left brains? Creativity flourishes best when right-brain freedom of idea exploration is coupled with left-brain creative guideposts. In this hands-on workshop, Patrick will share lessons learned from interviews of creatives of all types, including artists interviewed in his book COMMITTED: A MEMOIR OF THE ARTIST’S ROAD as well as winners of the nation’s highest awards for scientific innovation. Learn how to put your whole brain to work for you and your creativity!

Sarasota ain’t a bad place to be during the winter, and as I look out right now at my back yard covered in snow, I find myself counting the days. (That view, sans snow, as well as my whiteboard wall, can be found on Annie Neugebauer’s website in her Decorative Writer series.) So I’d love to see you there; there’s still time to register.

But if you can’t make it, and remain curious about whole-brain thinking, you can spend more time here at The Artist’s Road. I just did a search for “whole-brain” on this site and came up with ten results! (Clearly it’s a topic of interest to me.)

Wish me luck in Florida!

ADDENDUM MARCH 10, 2015: I have been invited to give a reading of Committed: A Memoir of the Artist’s Road while I’m in Sarasota at the Art Uptown Gallery, “Florida’s oldest and only cooperative fine arts gallery.” Apparently the gallery is just down the street from the location of the Florida Creativity Weekend’s Sunday location, so I likely will do the reading shortly after the conclusion of the conference in the early afternoon Sunday, March 22nd. I’ll post details in the Events section of my website as they become available.

About Patrick Ross

I'm the author of Committed: A Memoir of the Artist's Road.

7 Responses to “How To Put Your Whole Brain to Work”

  1. Awesome! Good luck in Florida, and soak in that sunshine!

  2. When I’m in the sunshine my brain goes slack. It’s the rest of me that doesn’t want to sleep. But I’m being facetious. I would think that this whole-brain training could be a shortcut to getting our writing done more efficiently. I just spent two years writing 100 pages. Where were you when I needed you?

    • I was freezing my butt off in an unusually cold two-year stretch of mid-Atlantic weather (thank you, climate change)!

      In all seriousness, I need to reflect a bit on how whole-brain thinking helps a writer when it comes to quantity vs. quality. I think there’s an improvement in both; not sure which it helps with more. But of course I just blogged for Melissa Cronin’s blog that I had produced basically nothing for the latter half of last year and into this year, so I’m maybe not the best person to talk about productivity tips right now…

  3. Sometimes I feel like getting ANY part of my brain to work is a minor miracle!

    Have a wonderful time, Patrick. I shall try not to be too envious of you and all the lucky people participating in your workshop.🙂

  4. Have a pleasant time in Florida, Patrick. And best of luck on your workshop.

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